Kurt Busch Qualifies 20th for Bank of America 500

October 13, 2011

CONCORD, N.C. (October 13, 2011) – Pennzoil Ultra Dodge driver Kurt Busch qualified 20th for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 here at Charlotte Motor Speedway after turning in a lap of 28.336 seconds (190.570 mph) in tonight’s time trial session.  Although his lap was a vast improvement from what he had turned in practice, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champ was certainly looking for more.

“A fun lap, just too loose for our car and we’ll see where we end up,” said Busch, who was 24th fastest in practice with a lap of 28.549 seconds.  “You know when it goes into nightfall the track get fast, you just don’t know what to expect exactly.  You get the daytime and track temperature up and now tonight the cooler track conditions make it harder to exactly feel it but you know you’ve going to be faster.”

“I think we are much better than that in race trim and we were checking that out early in today’s practice,” offered crew chief Steve Addington.  “We have two practices here tomorrow and we hope to really solidify our handling to be able to come back and have a smooth run here on Saturday night.”

Tony Stewart picked up the Coors Light Pole Award here tonight with a fast lap of 28.131 seconds (191.959 mph).  Matt Kenseth will start second, with Carl Edwards third, A.J. Allmendinger fourth and Greg Biffle fifth.  Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top-10 qualifiers.

As for the remaining Chase drivers, Kevin Harvick will start 14th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 15th, Denny Hamlin 17th, Jeff Gordon 23rd, Kyle Busch 25th and Brad Keselowski 26th.

Tomorrow’s schedule here at CMS calls for practice sessions from 4:30 p.m. till 5:15 p.m. and from 5:50 p.m. till 6:50 p.m.  Saturday’ Bank of America 500 (334 laps/501 miles) has a scheduled 7:30 p.m. ET starting time, with ABC-TV and PRN Radio providing live coverage of all the action.